Tonkin trucks back to big leagues to take Gibson's spot


Remember a few months ago when everyone thought Kyle Gibson was more than ready for the Twins rotation?

Ten big league starts later and Gibson is back in Class AAA Rochester.

He was sent down Monday after getting knocked around by the Mets at Target Field, giving up four runs on 10 hits in a 6-1 loss.

So what's next for Gibson?

According to Seth Stohs of, he could make another start or two for the Red Wings -- or, he could be shut down for the season to further recover from Tommy John surgery.

Right now, Gibson has tossed 150 innings between the Red Wings and the Twins. Shutting him down now might save his arm for a renewed campaign in 2014, when he can perhaps creep toward the 200-inning mark.

The wild card? Gibson's age. As Stohs explains: "Gibson will be 26 years old throughout the 2014 season. Certainly, that is not young for a player with just 10 big league starts. However, when you consider that he lost half of 2011 and most of 2012, and then still was working back early in 2013 because of the surgery, he's where he should be.

"It's probably fair to say that the big league debut season of Kyle Gibson has been disappointing, but hopefully people can see enough of the big picture not to give up on an arm as talented as Gibson's. That's as silly as giving up on Aaron Hicks because of his 2013 struggles. The truth is that most players come up from the minor leagues and experience some growing pains. The hope is that Gibson will return in 2014, fully healthy, and better off for his struggles."

Meanwhile, the Twins have called up right-hander Michael Tonkin from Rochester. He'll replace Gibson on the active roster, according to Fox Sports North.

Tonkin made his major league debut on July 11 at Tampa Bay, tossing 1 1/3 innings of scoreless relief for the Twins. He was then sent back down after Caleb Thielbar returned from the bereavement list.

Since then, Tonkin has six saves in 12 appearances for the Red Wings, posting a 3.95 ERA.

Next Up

Sergio Romo

Twins decline 2021 option on Sergio Romo

The Twins begin a potential overhaul in the bullpen.

high school football

'Scalpel approach' gives MN schools chance to keep playing sports

County infection rates are no longer the only thing that matters.


With the help of HVAC, Circus Juventas will host its first holiday shows

After months of canceled classes and shows, Circus Juventas is hosting its first ever holiday show, with safety precautions.

Cameron Dantzler

Vikings send Cameron Dantzler to COVID-19/reserve list

Dantzler's placement leaves the Vikings paper-thin at cornerback heading into Green Bay.

peterson fischbach

Elections 2020 preview: 7th Congressional District

Will Collin Peterson hang on for yet another term?

Zimmer and Hunter

Zimmer explains why he called Hunter's neck injury a 'tweak'

The coach also said Dalvin Cook should return from injury this week.


60 charged in magazine scam that netted $300M

It's being called the largest elder fraud scheme in the country.

Screen Shot 2020-10-28 at 10.30.23 AM

The Star Tribune is shutting down City Pages

The free newspaper was bought by the Star Tribune in 2015.

billy's on grand

Coronavirus: Billy's on Grand will close for winter

The restaurant is among a growing list of eateries to close for the winter months.